Michael Simms

April 17, 2019 | 10:45–11:30 am

Wind A Mix of Onshore/OffshoreWhich has the greatest potential for wind development onshore or offshore in Atlantic Canada and do they integrate with one another and at what cost?
John Dalton, President, Power Advisory Group LLC
Andy MacCallum
, VP Developments, Natural ForcesModerated by Michael Simms, Partner, McInnes Cooper

About Michael Simms

Michael is a Partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, and is the past chair of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group. He also sits on McInnes Cooper’s Board of Directors.  Michael previously spent several years as senior counsel at the Canadian head offices of a major international oil and gas company. He has extensive commercial and regulatory experience in energy, natural resources and environmental matters, particularly in the renewable energy sector.  

Mike’s practice largely focuses on the development, financing, acquisition, construction and operation of energy and natural resources projects, including: renewable energy projects such as wind, hydro, tidal, biomass, solar, and geothermal; conventional electricity generation and transmission; offshore and onshore oil & gas; mining; LNG export & import facilities; pipelines and processing facilities; refinery projects; and gas distribution systems. He also provides advice on health, safety & environment; and other regulatory & compliance matters, including the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs.  

Mike is Recognized by Best Lawyers™ for his practice in Environmental Law (2019); ranked by Chambers Canada for his Environmental Law practice (2018, 2019), and ranked in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for his Energy (Electricity) Practice. 

Michael holds an LL.B. and a certificate in Marine and Environmental law from Dalhousie University.  He was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in 2002 and in Alberta in 2006.  He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.  

Mike taught oil and gas law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University for a number of years and is a frequent presenter at energy and environmental law conferences.  He is also the past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section.

Mike’s community involvement includes: Director – Maritimes Energy Association; Governor- Sacred Heart School of Halifax; Director – Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic; Director – Carbon Capture & Storage Consortium of Nova Scotia; Chair – Marblehead to Halifax Race, 2019; Past Chair – National Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Section, Canadian Bar Association Past Member – RNSYS Board of Managemen